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July 18: Happy Birthday Vin Diesel and Kristen Bell

Diesel - The Fast and The Furious

Our birthday headliners have both voiced famous characters.  Vin Diesel provided the voices for both the Iron Giant and more recently Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.  And Kristen Bell is best-known to little girls everywhere as the voice of Anna in Frozen.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel turns 49 today.  Less than ten years ago, the actors career had hit the skids.  But thanks to a return to the franchise that initially made him famous, Diesel has enjoyed a remarkable comeback which we documented in an installment of the Comeback Kid series.  Diesel was also a nominee for Worst Actor at the Golden Raspberry Awards in 2004, but he lost to then-president George W. Bush.

Kristen Bell became a household name on the cult TV show, Veronica Mars.  Since then, she has worked in both TV and film.  But her biggest success by far was singing about building snowmen in Disney’s animated smash, Frozen.  In 2013, she married comedian Dax Shepard which explains those refrigerator commercials I always see on TV.  Bell turns 36.

Also celebrating birthdays today, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra is 34; Chace Crawford of Gossip Girl (which was narrated by Kristen Bell) turns 31, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson turns 66, astronaut John Glenn is 95, Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman is 35 and Nelson Mandela was born on this day in 1918.

Today is also the 30th anniversary of the release of James Cameron’s sequel, Aliens.

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.

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Posted on July 18, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’m a fan of the Fast and Furious movies – call them guilty pleasures if you must – but still my favorite Vin Diesel movie would be Pitch Black, a lean-and-mean low budget sci-fi horror flick from 2000.

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    • I recently revisited Pitch Black after roughly a decade. It was good. Cheesier than I remembered, but a solid B-movie. I have yet to watch a F&F movie all the way through. But I hear they are fun. Nothing guilty about enjoying that.

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      • I’m not going to go so far as to recommend the Fast and Furious movies to you Lebeau – I’ll save my recommendation for something a little more worthwhile down the line. But it is interesting to see how the series has evolved from “street racing”-type films to a more “Ocean’s Eleven” heist type action films, which I suppose has allowed the series to expand into a larger audience.

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        • Despite having never actually say down and watched any of them, I find the franchise itself interesting. It’s a rare bird in a lot of ways.

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  2. I’m not a huge fan of the F&F movies–except for all the eye candy they provide; in that they have few equals–but they are pleasant entertainment as long as you aren’t in too demanding a mood. However, the continued success of the series shows they are doing something right, at least when it comes to popular appeal. Vin Diesel, meanwhile, is developing an interesting career as a voice actor.

    Other July 18 birthdays of note: playwright and screenwriter Clifford Odets (Sweet Smell of Success, etc.), comedian Red Skelton, character actor Hume Cronyn, and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs.

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  3. Happy birthday to both (my internet went down, so that’s why I’m late). I hope Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell had a great dinner date, and I’d say that Vin Diesel went to a club, or maybe a backyard barbecue.

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